Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

One bit of clerical business: please hold your quotes in the comment area below to 20 lines or 200 words.  One comment should not so dominate the Home page of this group that no other comment is visible.  That way, the briefer comments and quotes of all participants are more likely to be seen, read, and appreciated.  If you have a long quote or commentary, create a post, please.

Discussion Forum


Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 14 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 23. 3 Replies

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

Would you like your old "Quotation of the Day" quotes republished?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Chris Dec 18, 2017. 12 Replies

I saved the comments from the previous quotations group the day before it was cleared and closed. Its creator feels strongly that people's comments (though they were posted publicly) shouldn't be…Continue

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race after slurs found in dorms (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 2, 2017. 5 Replies

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message…Continue

Tags: Silveria, Jay, Gen., , Air, Force, Academy", racism

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 28, 2018 at 3:50pm

Laziness on my part, Bert. Lethargy on yours? Or pessimism?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 28, 2018 at 12:05pm


Why is that not surprising??

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2018 at 12:03pm

That Harris quote is a new one on me ... and I like it, I LIKE IT!

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 28, 2018 at 11:41am

What Peter says about Paul [and balls] tells more about Peter than about Paul.


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 28, 2018 at 11:25am

Among citizens of democracies, free speech has become tribal. Ideologically driven camps uncompromisingly insist on free speech when it suits their agenda only to deny its relevance when exercised by their opponents. Advancing free speech as a fundamental value on a principled basis has become rare.

--Jacob Mchangama

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 28, 2018 at 10:51am

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2018 at 9:34am

Postscript: this group is about QUOTATIONS.  Any attempt at interjecting other topics or debates will result in the involved party or parties being suspended from the group.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2018 at 9:09am

Tom, how many different times do you suppose Krauss has had hypotheses he has formulated fall flat on their faces?  Why don't you ask him that question yourself ... if you've got the balls?

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 28, 2018 at 8:18am

Loren, are Lawrence Krauss’ views on the universe subject to question?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2018 at 7:48am

The world holds two classes of men – intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
–- Abu’l‐Ala al Ma’arri

Harsh, perhaps, but largely on point. Certainly Francis Bacon was an intelligent man, but he was as much a victim of the religious indoctrination which was a part of a past culture as Francis Collins is in today's culture. Genuine intelligence may be characterized by a willingness to examine ANY proposition for verity and reject those which don't cut the mustard. The following attitude is useful in this regard:

There's no one whose views are not subject to question.
-- Lawrence Krauss


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